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Sarah Trembath Professorial Lecturer Literature

MA, Howard University; BA, Temple University

Favorite Spot on Campus
Battelle Atrium
Book Currently Reading
Indigenous and Decolonizing Studies in Education by Tuhiwai-Smith, Tuck, and Yang;

Decolonizing Educational Research by Leigh Patel;

Decolonizing Education by Marie Battiste
Sarah Trembath is an editor, writer, and educator. She has been teaching since 1998 and joined the AU faculty in 2014. Her written work has appeared in Radical Teacher, the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Quarterly, the Rumpus, Everyday Feminism, Sally Hemings Dream zine, Azure literary journal, DCist, the Washington Independent Review of Books, 1455 Magazine, VoiceMale, and the Grace in Darkness anthology of DC women writers. She has written two books: It Was the Scarlet that Did It (poems, 2019) and This Past Was Waiting for Me (poetry and creative nonfiction, 2018). She was the 2019 recipient of the American Studies Association’s Gloria Anzaldúa Award for independent scholars for her social justice writing and teaching.

As an educator, Professor Trembath sees her purpose as helping students express critical thinking through writing. She has won several teaching awards, including Who’s Who Among American Teachers (2005) for her work in secondary ed. and the Jane Stanhope Award for excellence here at AU. She is currently a Dean's DEI Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Writing Studies Program/Library joint committee on information literacy. In 2019-2020, she was project lead on the Information Literacy Committee’s antiracist subject guide and faculty teach-in series. She is an affiliate of the university’s Antiracist Policy Center and the Critical Race and Gender Studies collaborative and is currently enrolled in the School of Ed’s Education Policy and Leadership program. Her dissertation research explores the rhetoric of commercially produced K-12 history books—especially as those perpetuate racial and cultural biases and influence first-year student worldviews and epistemologies.
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Summer 2021

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar

Fall 2021

  • LIT-235 African American Lit

  • WRT-100 College Writing

  • WRT-100 College Writing

Spring 2022

  • AMST-330 Contemporary American Culture: Storytelling in America

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar

  • WRT-101 College Writing Seminar